Thursday, August 14, 2014

Job Opening: Director of Bar Support at UMass Law


Director of Bar Support

Job Description:

SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Director of Bar Success will work with the Director of Academic Success, as well as faculty and staff, including the Director of Graduate Academic Resources and Legal Writing Center, to assist students and graduates as they prepare for the bar exam, both as they progress through Law School and after they graduate.   Develops, coordinates, and implements school-wide initiatives to improve bar passage, including joint workshops and courses, and meetings with students, graduates, Academic Success professionals and faculty.


  • Implements, evaluates, and enhances existing bar-preparation services.
  • Improves and expands existing programs, including:  providing a clearinghouse of bar preparation, collaborating with commercial bar preparation companies to assist students with their bar preparation efforts, working with ASP staff to coordinate a mentor program to provide individual mentors to graduates preparing for the bar, tracking at-risk students’ preparation for the bar exam and performance on the exam, and providing resources for repeat bar exam takers.
  • Helps individual students and graduates develop and execute customized study plans and strategies for
  • passing the bar exam.
  • Creates individual student plans of study after one-on-one meetings with all 2L, 3L, and 4L students.
  • Individual student and graduate counseling and mentoring.
  • Provides advice on course selection.
  • Provides general assistance about bar application completion.
  • Meets regularly with students and graduates who are preparing for the bar exam and reviews sample bar exam essays. and provides analysis and feedback to help them improve their writing skills.
  • Instruction in workshops and for-credit course.
  • Coordinates instruction and assessments for or teaches for-credit bar preparation course and provides feedback on student work product.
  • Analyzes bar exam results (including statistical analysis) and provides regular reports concerning results.
  • Provides bar-related information to faculty members regarding topics tested and recent bar exam questions in the faculty member’s area of teaching and encourages and supports faculty development with respect to the bar exam.
  • Develops web page and other communications describing bar support program and services.
  • Stays abreast of bar exam developments in Massachusetts and nationally and of developments in the delivery of bar support by law schools.
  • Regularly attends and develops relationships at regional and national bar support professionals meetings, with efforts to develop leadership role.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.




EXPERIENCE:Previous (one to three years) experience teaching law students.

OTHER: Evening and weekend work will be required.  Travel may be required.


  • Strong interpersonal, organization, analytical and public speaking skills.
  • Ability develop and manage higher educational programs
  • Knowledge of academic programs pertaining to law school students.
  • Knowledge of educational theories and learning styles/disabilities.
  • Knowledge of and ability to perform research and statistical analysis.
  • Ability to work independently and be a self-starter, demonstrated initiative.
  • Able to relate to students, faculty, University personnel, and external constituents.
  • Demonstrated creativity.
  • Ability to follow-through.


Masters in Education (or related degree)

Bar support work at a Law School

Proven success in raising bar pass rate at a law school

Experience working with the Massachusetts bar exam

Previous experience directing a bar exam program either in a law school or for a commercial provider

About University of Massachusetts Dartmouth:

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant public university actively engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research, and acting as an intellectual catalyst for regional and global economic, social, and cultural development.

The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to conduct background checks on potential employees.

UMass Dartmouth is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Title IX Employer.

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